Dr. Almerindo Graziano

Dr. Almerindo Graziano



company overview

Silensec is an international Information Security Management, Training and Technology Company headquartered in Cyprus and with offices in England, Kenya, Canada, USA. Established in England in 2006, Silensec specializes in the design, development and delivery of products and services in the domains of IT Governance, Security Audits and Assessments, Value-Added System Integration, Managed Security with a 24×7 SOC, and Security Training. Silensec is ISO 27001-certified by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

CYBER RANGES is a wholly owned subsidiary of Silensec for the development and operation of ISO 27001-certified cyber range platforms and services. Previously known as Silensec Cyber Range, CYBER RANGES is a next-generation military-grade full-content-lifecycle cyber range for the development of cyber capabilities and the assessment of competencies and organizational cyber resilience. Among the very first solutions to be based on cloud technology, to achieve high-level automation, orchestration and scalability for the delivery of even complex large-audience cyber drills and deep-dive exercises, including the realistic simulation of cyberattacks through its proprietary Injector Engine technology, CYBER RANGES is available as a subscription-based or managed service, as On-Premise and Portable deployment options.

Since 2014 Silensec has collaborated with the United Nations’ ITU agency for the development and delivery of regional and international cyber drills. In 2018 the ITU entered into a formal agreement with Silensec about the regular use of CYBER RANGES, see: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Cybersecurity/Pages/Global-Partners/silensec.aspx.

CYBER RANGES powers the international CyberStars initiative (www.cyberstars.pro) run in collaboration with national focal points and regulatory authorities from around the world. CyberStars provides a turnkey project package for participating countries to organize national cybersecurity competitions and to participate in international ones, while at the same time meeting the objectives of national cybersecurity strategies.

Silensec actively participates as a key member organisation in the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), where Dr. Al Graziano CEO is the co-chair of the Working Group on Education, Training, Awareness and Cyber Ranges. Silensec also leads the sub-working group 5.1 on Cyber Range Environments and Technical Exercises, and the sub-working group 5.2 on Education and Professional Training, advancing best practices in the domain of cyber ranges, cyber exercises, cyber security professional training and competency development at European level. Silensec is also a Premium Partner of the Global Cyber Alliance in its worldwide mission to sustain a trustworthy Internet by reducing cyber risk.

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Almerindo a.k.a Al co-founded and now leads Silensec. He is also the co-chair at the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) of SWG 5.1 and 5.2 on cyber ranges, technical exercises and cyber security skills development.

Al was the founder and course director of the MSc in Information Systems Security programme at Sheffield Hallam University, a first of its kind in the UK, and in collaboration with the British Standard Institution (BSI).

Al has personally authored a number of training courses from ethical hacking to intrusion detection, along with the first ever ISO27001 Lead Implementer certification course offered by BSI worldwide. Al’s areas of expertise include: standards compliance (e.g. ISO27001, ISO22301, PCI DSS), IT infrastructure protection, design of SIEM and Log Management systems and development of cyber threat intelligence capabilities.

Al has consulted in information security for private and government organizations across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He also works as a cyber security expert for UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and regularly delivers cyberdrills and other capability development exercises and workshops for national CERTs and governments around the world.

He holds an MSc in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in mobile computer security from “Federico II” University of Naples.

Speech Topic & Synopses
Understanding the Attack Simulation Security domain: use cases, services, tools and technologies

Attack simulation includes a range of services, tools and technologies such as Red Teaming Exercises, Breach-and-Attack Simulation Solutions, Adversary Emulation Tools and Cyber-Range-Enabled Attack Simulation (CREAS) training and exercises.

Unfortunately, these approaches are not all the same thing, and they each serve specific purposes and help meet different use cases.

In this talk Dr. Graziano will discuss the attack simulation security domain and expand on the different use cases, highlighting both strengths and weaknesses of different services, tools and technologies in order to provide the audience with a clearer understanding of the available options to improve an organization’s security posture and cyber resilience, while ultimately ensuring the sought-for return on investment.